The Opus, Zaha Hadid’s Boutique Hotel Project ⇒ Dubai is filled with luxurious and unique hotels, but there’s one that is about to make a stand in the Emirates. ME by Melia, which opened on March 1st, is the only boutique hotel in the city to be designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid.
The project was first presented as a commercial and retail building in 2007 and was designed as two separate towers, linked by a four-story atrium at the ground floor and an asymmetric bridge above ground, that merge into a cube-shaped structure with stunning views of the outside world, says the Zaha Hadid Architects Firm.
“The design conveys the remarkably inventive quality of Zaha Hadid Architects’ work; expressing a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior,” says Mahdi Amjad, the developer of the hotel.
This boutique hotel is one of four projects by Zaha Hadid Architects that were shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival Awards, as well as the only project directly touched by Zaha Hadid to be completed in Dubai. The iconic architect worked on designs for the interlocking Signature Towers as well as the Dubai Opera House, but unfortunately, these projects were never completed.
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